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Upshur County readies for storm

October 30, 2012
By John Wickline Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Upshur County emergency officials on Monday began their transition from warning to response mode, waiting to see what will be left in the wake of "Frankenstorm."

Jim Farrell, public information officer for the Upshur County Office of Emergency Management, said people should be bracing themselves for a few days of "interesting weather."

"We've been telling people to prepare and prepare and prepare," he said. "We don't know if they did prepare. Now we are just sitting tight and waiting to respond."

Upshur County is expected to receive a whole gamut from the storm, with everything from snow in the higher elevations to heavy rain and high winds.

"There could be blizzard conditions, but in the elevations over 2,000 feet," Farrell said. "They could get anything from a trace to 4 inches of snow."

The lower regions are expected to receive a substantial amount of rain, having already received 4 inches of rain through early Monday morning. Though flooding is always a concern during times like these, Farrell said forecasters are not predicting a local problem.

"We've been looking at the Buckhannon River, and we don't think it will be a problem Tuesday," he said. "It depends on the storm. The slower it moves, the more rain will fall."

The major problem for the region will be the gusting winds. Farrell said the OEM has been asking people to either secure loose objects or bring them inside.

"It may be the winds that bring down the wires," he said, "but it's the unsecured objects that can blow away and cause secondary damage."

Lewis County officials also are monitoring the storm, said County Administrator Cindy Whetsell. She said the local OEM is staying in contact with the state Emergency Operations Center and the Department of Homeland Security.

"We have not gone into emergency mode," she said Monday.



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